With December’s experimentation in winter now over, there can be little doubt that this is winter’s stronghold. The time-worn adage “as the days lengthen, the cold strengthens” gets its inspiration from this month, for daylight increases nearly 50 minutes, but average temperatures drop to their lowest levels of the winter. In spite of the occasional January thaw, most of the precipitation falls in the form of snow. This presents an opportunity to re-create the wonder first introduced to the world by Vermonter Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley more than a century ago – the delicate lacy structure of the snow flake. Using a piece of dark cloth left in the cold, a small magnifying glass, and a wind-protected cove, you can collect them on any snowy day, then gaze through the magnifier to watch these six-sided beauties come to life.
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January Records and Averages
Warmest: 28.5°F in 1932 Coldest: 6.4°F in 1970
Wettest: 6.80 inches in 1979 Snowiest: 47.0 inches in 1954